IRS News Release  
July 05, 1989

Goldberg Sworn in as IRS Commissioner

Fred T. Goldberg, Jr. was sworn in as Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service today. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 23, 1989.

Goldberg was a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before accepting this position. He succeeds Lawrence B. Gibbs, who resigned from government service on March 4, 1989, to return to private law practice with the firm of Johnson and Gibbs. IRS Senior Deputy Commissioner Michael J. Murphy served as Acting Commissioner after Gibbs' resignation.

Goldberg was the IRS Chief Counsel from 1984 to 1986, when he served as the principal legal advisor to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and also was an Assistant General Counsel for the Treasury Department. Earlier he was an assistant to the Commissioner of IRS from 1981 to 1982 and was acting director of the former legislation and regulations division in the Office of the Chief Counsel in 1982. Before joining the IRS in 1981, Goldberg was a partner in the Washington office of Latham, Watkins & Hills.

Goldberg earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1969 in economics. He earned a law degree in 1973 from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. During 1971-1973, Goldberg served as instructor in political science and economics at Yale College and also was assistant dean of Calhoun College at Yale University.

A native of St. Louis, Goldberg and his wife, Wendy, have four children.

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